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Table 2 Target genes used to identify Dirofilaria repens in animals, humans and mosquitoes, available on GenBank (accessed 10th September 2018)

From: Recent advances on Dirofilaria repens in dogs and humans in Europe

Gene Hosts Length (bp)
12S rDNA Human, dog, cat, mosquito 116–510
cox1 Human, dog, cat, mosquito, beech marten 123–715
16S rDNA Human, mosquito 366–487
18S-5.8S-28S rDNA Human, dog, mosquito 153–2230
18S-small subunit ribosomal RNA Human, dog, jackal 613–839
hsp70 Dog 553
rbpI Dog 594
MyoHC Dog 734